Professional cooks know the importance of having high quality tools in their kitchen, the most important of which are knives. However they’ll tell you that having good knives is just the first step. Often overlooked is the equal importance of sharpening and properly maintaining your knives.
To quote from a memoir of the same title by Kathleen Flinn, “the sharper your knife, the less you cry”. Using a dull knife crushes the onions while cutting them and draws out more of the tear causing oils, making you cry more than if you had used a sharp knife. Of course, you could just use onion goggles to solve that particular problem, but I digress.
In addition to crying a little less while chopping onions, a sharp knife is much safer to use than a dull knife. For example, a fingertip cut by a sharp knife heals faster than a jagged gouge from a dull knife. Statistics show that far more kitchen knife injuries are caused by a dull knife. Dull knives require the use of more pressure to cut. Because the edge of the blade will not easily penetrate the food, there is a chance the knife will lose traction and slip, potentially landing in the cook’s (or an unsuspecting bystander’s) unfortunate foot. Using a sharp knife helps the cook to maintain control, requires less pressure and will ultimately be safer and more efficient than a dull knife. Continue reading
Wüsthof is known worldwide by the distinctive Trident logo, and has been a leader in high quality forged knives for a respectable 198 years.
Evolution of the famous Trident logo since Wüsthof’s founding in 1814
We like their environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. And we appreciate that this seventh-generation family-owned company maintains absolutely strict guidelines to produce their consistently high quality knives, which are made in Solingen (Germany) with an expert team of 300.
Wüsthof’s varied selection includes over 350 forged knives within various lines, including such greats as the Classic (our favorite) and Grand Prix. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by their large selection, however rest assured that we’re always here to help you choose the knife that’s right for you.
Tony Luke Jr
Philadelphia: home of the Liberty Bell, Rocky, the Phanatic, and the famous Philly cheese steak.
Pat’s King of Steaks claims to be the creator of the iconic sandwich, around 80 years ago, and among tourists, the Italian Market’s Pat’s and Geno’s have become the “go-to” places in Philadelphia. However, ask any true-blue Philadelphian who makes the best cheese steak, and more often than not they’ll direct you to the innovative newcomer, Tony Luke’s.
Tony’s original family eatery is at 30 East Oregon Avenue, and their franchise has grown to eight locations, from Atlantic City in New Jersey to Bahrain in the Middle East.